Re: Having doubts about Bergeron
posted at 12/6/2010 3:22 PM EST
In Response to Re: Having doubts about Bergeron
[QUOTE]Bruins 1972/uppercut. have you ever played or coached hockey at any level?? Your comments are naive at best. Bergeron is a solid all-around player. Sure he could play defense, and I'm sure his peewee and bantam coaches considered it, and concluded that he was much more prodective and overall effective up front.His first year in Boston, he played on the wing, as he learned the NHL game. Like Seguin, he came right from juniors. His progression was steady, and he appeared to be on a breakout year when Randy Jones caused a severe concussion that required a year for basic recovery. He has been moving forward once again and, whether he liked it or not, has been used as a shut-down center by Claude. In signing his new "home-town" contract, he also was promised, by Chiarelli, that his wings would be more offensively capable. His work with Horton and Lucic was solid, and could have progressed Offensively, but, Claude needed him more in a shutdown role. He is a team first player who followed his instructions, but anyone with hockey sense knows that an aging Recchi and a "work in progress" Wheeler are not exactly top notch offensive players. He has helped "train" Caron who is much more effective with Bergeron than on any other line. As a team first player he will bide his time until Sauve or McNight or Arneil are ready for the Bruins.
Posted by Bogie6[/QUOTE]
Boogie, I am sorry, I should have stated up front that I am not a Hockey coach.
In fairness to your point, Bergy did have an excellent first year in Boston, but the present reality is what it is, I do watch every game, and I know what I see. Unfortunately Bergy is not scoring, he has plenty of opportunities but for one reason or another he can't pick the opening and most of all he just can't lift the puck I'm sorry. This is not just one game -as some suggest- this is all year long.
He can win face-offs yes I give you that, he can intercept passes yes, he can move the puck out of the zone, yes I give you that alco. He can't finish it and you got to give me that.
So, how much more valuable would he be as a puck moving defenseman ? since we seem to need one desperately, that's my question.